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Closing Workington plant 'not an easy decision'

73 jobs in Workington are to go after it was announced that the Indorama PET factory is to close.

The announcement came after a series of consultations between management and employees.

The company says an influx of cheaper materials from Asia is to blame for the decision.

This is something we have sought to avoid if possible but after close consultations with the workforce we have been unable to come up with a profitable solution to declining margins and increased competition especially from Asia. With no respite on the horizon at this time, moth-balling the plant is still not an easy decision for any of us but one that needs to be taken to protect from further damages."

– Dilip Kumar Agarwal, CEO of the PET and PTA businesses at Indorama Ventures

The company will be offering redundancy packages but, as yet, a date has not been set for the plant's eventual closure.

"We have great respect and admiration for the people working for Indorama Ventures in Workington and we will be offering not only redundancy compensation but seeking to help them to find opportunities for new employment. These are some of the most experienced and professional employees in the industry and we will try our best to see them placed.”

– Dilip Kumar Agarwal, CEO of the PET and PTA businesses at Indorama Ventures

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